Russian journalist Arkady Mamontov has blamed “gay activity” for a meteor that fell over Russia.

The February 15 meteor explosion over the Chelyabinsk Oblast lit the morning sky and caused a series of shock waves that damaged thousands of buildings and injured about 1,500 people.

On his state channel Rossiya 1 program Special Correspondent, Mamontov linked the meteor shower to the nation's growing “gay activity,” using the Old Testament story of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah as a metaphor.

Mamontov called the meteor's descent a warning “to all of us that we should keep the family tradition, traditional love, or else something else – not only the Chelyabinsk meteorite – will hit us,” according to RT.

LGBT rights group the Russian LGBT Network reportedly has filed a complaint against Mamontov accusing him of hate speech.

According to Igor Kochetkov, the group's chair, Mamontov also accused gays and lesbians of wanting to “destroy [traditional] Russia.”